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"We know what we are, but know not what we may be." WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

I AM DONE living a life shaped by my fears.

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Silver PURIFIED... but first, IRON MAIDEN!

"[This journey] is not about achieving perfection. It's about achieving a mental and physical TRANSFORMATION. It's about optimizing your strengths, navigating around your vulnerabilities, and goin' for it! ...There can never and should never be perfection in a living thing. There is nothing human about perfection, nothing to endear or inspire."

THIS is MY year!
(Since joining SparkPeople, every year is MY year, LOL!)

Since ...
"[This journey] is not about achieving perfection. It's about achieving a mental and physical TRANSFORMATION. It's about optimizing your strengths, navigating around your vulnerabilities, and goin' for it! ...There can never and should never be perfection in a living thing. There is nothing human about perfection, nothing to endear or inspire."

THIS is MY year!
(Since joining SparkPeople, every year is MY year, LOL!)

Since September 1st, 2011 and as of JUNE 1st, 2014
I have eliminated:
* 24% of my body weight (have a total of 48% to eliminate)
* 60 lbs
* 15% BMI (according to my scale only... over halfway there)
...and this is just the beginning!

July, 2014

My mindset for 2014 is best described as PURPOSEFULLY UNCOMFORTABLE (comfortable/safe is what resulted in excess weight) and CONSTRUCTIVELY CHALLENGED (I need to remain open to purposeful change).

My primary goal is to weave everything I've learned over the last six years into a lifestyle that is FUN, CONSISTENT with respect to my being an active participant in it (goal setting & honest self-evaluation), and FOCUSED on vitality and health (regular exercise & healthy eating)!

'Get Off Your *AHEM* And Move!' Plan:

At this point in my journey from 'fat to fit' I prefer a 'canned' program. I don't have the time, or the energy, to plan my own program as well as actually DO IT!

I've chosen DDP YOGA (because it also appeals to my husband... though he's still not at the point of joining me consistently) & P.I.N.K. (the focus of the method is increasing endurance, and a body which is tight, STRONG and flexible... the program incorporates, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), functional strength training, varying intensity, Tabata, and Kick Boxing.... things which I have come to enjoy... because and although my spirit is oh so willing, my 53 year old body just can't hit the ground literally running. I'm STILL building back my strength, and I am apparently much more prone to injury than I once was. DDP YOGA/P.I.N.K. has every component I'm looking for in a program, as well as a built-in progressive intensity. It's different every day, and just at the point where stasis would typically start setting in for me, these programs kick it up a notch. Besides the hoola hooping and trampolining I do with my little girl, I'd also like exercise 'buddies' at this point, but I don't have the flexibility to go out to exercise, so I'll have them via the videos, LOL.

By September of 2014 I hope to be able to implement my original GOYAAM plan which includes, BOXING (I have finally found a boxing gym with a women's program in my community!), FREE WEIGHT STRENGTH TRAINING via 'New Rules of Lifting for Women' by Lou Schuler, QIGONG for balance and flexibility, SWIMMING (I need to take some lessons if I'm ever going to get my dive certification), STANDING PILATES, and FUNCTIONAL TRAINING a.k.a CROSSFIT (I've found a local facility that's pretty cool).

*** Barring any further disaster or illness,
I hope to be at a healthy BMI (18% - 20%)
by January 2015! ***

...and it's not going to happen... this journey continues to prove itself to be a lot less predictable than I would like... the good news is that 2014 is the second year, in at least 12, that I am starting the year lighter than I was at the beginning of the past year!)

At the point of reaching my desired BMI, I plan to make my GOYAAM plan one of functional fitness and active *LIFESTYLE*... dancing, soccer, hiking, snow shoeing, power kiting, geocaching, continued hoola hooping and trampolining... things we can do together as a family. I plan to keep the boxing and strength training as my own personal time, but at this point I really have no idea how often, or how much, I will need to do to maintain my strength and vitality.

"When I let go of what I am
I become what I might be."

Check out my blog for 'BEFORE' pictures (link is at the bottom of my current blog entry)! I'll take pictures whenever I see an obvious change, or when I need the visual encouragement!

September 2011
'BEFORE Pictures & Continuing PROGRESS'

I suffered a brain injury in January 2009 - and have survived several 'disasters' since (critically ill child, flood, sick husband, sick me) - and my healing took A LOT longer than I could have possibly anticipated... so for a LONG time my body remained 'frozen' right where it was when these pictures were taken. Things are changing now, and I actually look forward to updating!


* Have my BMI professionally assessed (apparently not easy to do in our community... I'm still looking for a place to do this).

* purchase heart rate monitor and BMI callipers with Christmas/birthday money - DONE, July 2011 (though I still have no idea how to use the thing effectively... I'm having trouble with my new phone, too LOL).

* Find a boxing gym in my community (also looking at a training bag for home) FOUND, September 2011! I hope to start boxing in September 2014!

* Utilize the trainer at MY BOXING GYM (I LOVE typing THAT) to make sure my form is as good as it can be, and to get some professional support for any modifications I might have to make (I have a spinal curvature, and a bum knee... which due to dietary changes is now actually HEALING) to get the results I want with regard to strength training.


"Today is my gift from God. No one or nothing can take it away. I can and will share my gift, but it will not be stolen from me!" XSOLA_FIDEX

"We are ever being born, or dying, and the thrill of choosing which, is ours. Only once must we be born without our own consent. Only once must we die without our own permission." CALVIN MILLE

July 1st:

If you're new to SparkPeople you need to know now that this journey will not simply be what you think it's going to be. It may not even be what you want it to be... yet, if embarked upon with an open heart and a willing spirit, it WILL be what you NEED it to be.

I'm currently in my sixth year here, and I'm finally growing into the gift this journey has been, and continues to be, in my life.... and I'm also (finally) eliminating fat and regaining my physical vitality.

Despite everything life has thrown at me these past five years (and it's been significant!), I'm still here and still invested in my goals because of a few simple ideas:

* Visualize YOUR best lifestyle/self.
The past five years for me have been about 'Working on Lifestyle' in every sense; and within my challenges/limitations I did everything I could to hone my lifestyle skills. The little things... drinking 8 glasses of water before you allow yourself a soda, eating one piece of fruit each day, putting a serving of chips in a bowl instead of eating out of the bag, occasionally taking the stairs, spontaneously doing a squat here and there, eating breakfast every day even it isn't the most nutritious food you eat that day... they add up and create a synergy you won't be able to resist... especially if each of those little things reflects your personal authenticity, and the life you want to be living at goal weight. Figure out what your life would look like at goal weight and start living it in little ways TODAY... not 2, 10, 50 or 100 pounds from now. This journey should be FUN, fulfilling and satisfying NOW. If it's not, continue to tweak your approach until it is.

* Don't do anything to eliminate the weight, that you wouldn't do to maintain it. If you hate cottage cheese, and wouldn't eat it under any other circumstances, don't eat it now. If you hate running, don't join a 'Couch to 5K' team. If you would sooner eat chocolate than breathe, then make chocolate part of your eating plan and eat some every day now. Definitely try new things and take some risks, but if you can't then see yourself continuing whatever it is for the rest of your life, look for something else. There are as many different ways to do this as there are people doing it.

* Make a plan.
Don't worry too much if it's 'right' for you, or even if it's realistic. Simply get something down that anchors you, and gives you a place to start. You will revise as you go along. Constant revision is an integral part of the process. Now that I am able to once again invest in my journey, it was so much easier to continue toward wellness knowing I actually HAVE a PLAN to come back to. I knew I had found my 'self' when I no longer felt a need to revise the plan.

* Have a Plan B.
You WILL have times on this journey, regardless of how diligent and motivated you are, when you just can't be here, or engage in your own progress, as you'd like. Get your head around that now, and PLAN for it. Whether you're actively 'sparking' or not, with every baby step you take, no matter how small or unsteady, choose to do what reflects your goals and dreams.

* Be prepared and flexible.
If you're taking this journey at all seriously, you WILL change and grow no matter how stumbling your steps (even if you feel like you're mostly falling on your face), and what works initially may not work in a month, six months, nine months, a year, five years (YES... it could take that long, whether you intend it to, or not).

* Don't panic, or lose heart.
When you get knocked off your stride, look for a new strategy, make a new plan, find new inspiration. TRY SOMETHING ELSE until you find that sweet spot of accomplishment once again... at the very least just keep showing up for yourself and others, and you will be amazed at how you will suddenly be glowing with an eternal health and fitness flame in your heart and soul.

* NEVER stop being a 'spark'!
Keep logging onto the site. Continue to update your page... even if it is to only change the date to the current month. Blog, even if it's only occasionally and document your journey. YES.... it has been extremely hard to show up here, and chafe at all my plans sitting idle so often these last five years... to have my goals mocking me from the front of my page. YES.... I feel badly at times to see people who began their program long after me leave me in the dust.... But being here in any way I can manage has kept my heart and mind set on what I truly want for myself.

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Should you find yourself struggling, remember that it isn't your success, or how much you know (or how much you think you know), or how many goodies or points you have, or challenges won, OR EVEN POUNDS LOST that speaks to the hearts of others. That you lost any weight will soon be forgotten by most people.

...And I know right now some of you are thinking (even if you've been around a while), "What's it about if not the pounds lost?" "How could how much I lose become irrelevant?"

What it's about is how this process shapes you, moment by moment, throughout the journey... and that doesn't end at 'goal weight'. What it's about is that you struggle, and that you continue to struggle, and even struggle some more to be AUTHENTIC... because as you struggle you are learning, and you are inspiring someone else to struggle beside you. And if you aren't achieving your goals, consider that perhaps you aren't struggling effectively... insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. Find some bigger footprints and place your feet within THEM for a bit and see what happens.

The success is self-evident. That we all struggle is also self-evident. More importantly, don't be afraid to tell people HOW you struggle... blog your heart out! Don't be afraid to let others see your vulnerabilities... and then allow them to bear witness as you turn your vulnerabilities into strength and authenticity. Sing your song loudly and unabashedly! Your off-notes will become harmony to those of another singing and struggling right along side of you.

...And to all of you who find anything I have to say 'inspiring' or 'motivating', just remember that when you're inspired and motivated it's only because you are identifying for yourself how you, too, are struggling well. I'm NOT the 'motivator'... through my experience you are discovering the motivation within yourself as it's reflected in my struggle. I'm honoured to struggle with you. To those of you who find here an uncomfortable or agitating resonance, consider that perhaps you are identifying a struggle with which you need to engage more fully... and remember that you don't have to struggle alone. Look for the footprints INTO WHICH your own feet fit.

"If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants." SIR ISAAC NEWTON

May your every day be all you need it to be. May an all abiding peace fill your thoughts, rule in your dreams each night, and conquer all your fears. May God manifest himself in ways you have never before experienced. May your joys be fulfilled, your dreams be closer, and your cares be lifted. I pray that faith enters a new height in you, that your territory be enlarged, and that fulfillment is just one step closer.

MAY GOD ABUNDANTLY BLESS YOU, and those you love, in every way that you require. May he hold you gently in the palm of his hand in a very personal way, and may you rest in the fullness of his love, his grace, his strength, his wisdom, his rescue, his redemption, his healing, his inspiration, his restoration and his mercy as you require it! May you carry in your heart always an extra special awareness of God's great love for you, may you feel his sweet and gentle touch upon your life, and may you see his miracles all around you. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen!


* For the links to the pages of my favourite 'GIANTS'... those peole within whose footprints I place my stumbling feet... please see:
'DONE Girl Love'
Tuesday, October 05, 2010

From Beth (~INDYGIRL)... one of the giants:

"If you see yourself as a fat person, you will act like one.
If you see yourself as an active person, you will act like one.
Imagine yourself as your ideal from deep inside and bring that person to the surface. Now act like that ONE CHANGE AT A TIME. What would your ideal do?"


"There is this myth of motivation that it will be a wave you ride to your goal weight and nothing could be further from the truth. Motivation can be a nice perk to get you jazzed up to get started but I�ll tell you a secret, motivation is a coward. Motivation doesn�t stick around. Motivation is not your friend who will be there when times get tough. It will leave you stranded to deal with yourself and your issues because quite frankly, it doesn�t care and doesn�t want to hear it." (NOTABOUTHEFACE)
Lost 151 pounds (and counting) with SparkPeople

FEELING MOTIVATED toward success is the BY-PRODUCT of what I CHOOSE to think and believe about any part of this journey. What I choose to think and believe about myself, my process and what I want out of life determines how MOTIVATED I will feel in any given moment, and will determine my SUCCESS, or lack there of.

* COMMITMENT is choosing to believe that every outcome of my life is within my own ability to determine.

* DETERMINATION is choosing to believe that consistency of results is less important than is consistency of effort.

* CONSISTENCY of effort is choosing to believe that good habits are the foundation if any achievement.

* ACHIEVEMENT is choosing to believe that how I respond to failure determines my ultimate success.

* SUCCESS is ultimately choosing to believe that my failings are simply opportunities to better define the focus of my commitment!

"It is not about 'will power'. Be committed to a plan, be consistent, and be persistent and you WILL have the POWER." MELLIE810 (paraphrased)


Blogs which remind me that I CHOOSE my life:


In my season now!

SHARK Infested Waters

Leaving 'Normal'


"The hidden well-spring of your soul
must needs rise and run murmuring to the sea;
And the treasure of your infinite depths
would be revealed to your eyes.
But let there be no scales to weigh your own treasure;
And seek not the depths of your knowledge
with staff or sounding line.
For self is a sea boundless and measureless."


"A woman is often measured by the things she cannot control. She is measured by the way her body curves or doesn't curve, by where she is flat or straight or round. She is measured by 36-24-26 and inches and ages and numbers, by all the outside things that don't ever add up to who she is on the inside. And so if a woman is to be measured, let her be measured by the things she can control, by who she is and who she is trying to become. Because every woman knows, measurements are only statistics, and STATISTICS LIE!"


"A strong woman is a woman who loves
strongly and weeps strongly and is strongly
terrified and has strong needs. A strong woman is strong in words, in action, in connection, in feeling. What comforts her is others loving her equally for the strength and for the weakness from which it issues...
Strong is what we make each other."




1. 1 Corinthians 13... "and now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity."

2. Make each day your masterpiece.

3. Drink deeply from good books.
* Books I recommend:
The Road Less Travelled by M. Scott Peck
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Safely Home by Randy Alcorn
Beautiful Side of Evil by Johanna Michaelson
Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle by Tom Venuto
New Rules of Lifting for Women by Lou Schulen
Your Best Body Now by Tosca Reno
Body for Life for Women by Pamela Peeke
Clean Eating Magazine
Women's Helath Magazine
BOTZZZ's blog
KAREN7360's blog
NEW-CAZ's blog

4. Freedom from desire leads to inner peace.

5. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail. I will get ready and then, perhaps my chance will come.

6. Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.

7. Help others.

8. It is better to trust and be disappointed occasionally than to distrust and be miserable all the time.

9. Almost anyone can stand adversity, but to test a person's character, give them power.

10. Be more interested in your character, which is what you really are, than in your reputation, which is what others perceive you to be.


"Forgiveness is an on-going practice."

1. Remember that forgiveness is a gift that you give yourself so you can move on in your life with a greater sense of peace.
2. You cannot change what happened to you but you can change your relationship to it.
3. Begin to practice forgiveness regularly by becoming aware of when you are feeling hurt, and make a decision to resolve it right away.
4. Acknowledge what happened from your point of view.
5. Recognize and accept your feelings with love and compassion rather than with anger and judgement.
6. Be willing to give up being the victim in the situation and ask to see the blessing in what happened.
7. Look at the situation from the other person's point of view to gain greater understanding.
8. Open your heart to look beyond the wrong doing and into the heart of the other person.
9. Visualize what it might feel like to feel peace and harmony within you.
10. Forgiveness is a matter of the heart. Ask the Spirit to guide and assist you.


1 John 1:8-9: "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."


January 2009
"DONE!" ...And BEYOND!

This all started back at the beginning of December 2008 when I returned to active sparking, fully expecting to have been 'left behind' by those who had diligently continued on. In a couple of cases, and to my delight, I was. Mostly I was just 'left'. With respect to teams, friends, and inspiration, I was starting from scratch. It was initially a bit disconcerting, but then it quickly became an exciting exercise in discovery and SELF acknowledgement... I'm visible to myself (and, I think, others) in ways I don't ever recall being before now. I realized that even though I was off-site, I had continued to forge ahead in unexpected ways... and I couldn't have returned to the places I left if I had tried. I would challenge all of you, if you've been here awhile, to step out of your 'comfort' zone, and away from what is familiar, and go looking around to see what else may be out here to further enhance your journey. It only stands to reason that as you grow, your needs will change. And you may want to ask yourself (if you've been here awhile... and especially if you're not achieving your goals to the degree you would like), if you really are in the right place.

In my search, I joined the 'DONE GIRL' team. One of the team requirements is to write out your 'DONE' mission statement. Here's my 'manifesto':

Because I can't change what I don't acknowledge, and in no particular order:

I AM DONE first and foremost, being a fat girl (notice I didn't say THE fat girl).
I AM DONE living a life (in deed, in choice, in relationship, in circumstance) that supports my being fat.
I AM DONE living for yesterday and tomorrow while I let the riches, value and lessons in TODAY slip through my fingers.
I AM DONE living with my 'pretty face' (as pointed out by people who know it would be bad manners to comment on how fat I am).
I AM DONE making excuses for anything (my pain, my fears, my excesses, my lassitude, my vulnerabilities) keeping me from the life I was created to live.
I AM DONE eating food that is less than nutritious, or less than sublime in taste.
I AM DONE allowing my life to be shaped by a lack of decision.
I AM DONE not fully exercising both my body, and my choices.
I AM DONE being sick and tired of actually being sick and tired.
I AM DONE 'settling' in any manner, shape or form within myself, in my relationships, or with respect to my desires and dreams.
I AM DONE living a life shaped by my fears.
I AM DONE apologizing for who I am, what I want, what I need, or for my capabilities.
I AM DONE simply eating in response to the physical pain eating at me.
I AM DONE playing small, and shrinking into the boxes other people create for me.
I AM DONE living to satisfy the comfort level of others, while neglecting my own authenticity.
I AM DONE lying to myself, and as a result lying to others.
I AM DONE behaving as though my value in this world is equal to the sum of my imperfections.
I AM DONE minimizing how important certain things are to me.
I AM DONE worrying about how much I weigh - I no longer accept the number on the scale as a measurement of my worth, my success, or my lack thereof.
I AM DONE putting off what is important to me until 'the time is right'.
I AM DONE living with clutter on my body, in my house, within my relationships and throughout my life.
I AM DONE avoiding any opportunity to be all I am capable of being.
I AM DONE backing off, backing away, backing down and backing into.
I AM DONE choosing by default.
I AM DONE reacting to circumstances as though every moment of life was mine to control.
I AM DONE assuming (by default or otherwise) responsibility for others.
I AM DONE acting 'my age'.
I AM DONE stressing over what other people may think/say of me, and about me.
I AM DONE being simply comfortable, and mindlessly busy.
I AM DONE consistently putting myself at the bottom of every list.
I AM DONE being less than I really am for any reason what-so-ever.

It IS when I let go of what I am that I become what I might be...

... SO, because I believe that the power to transform my life exists in focusing on the positive, and because I believe in running TOWARD and THROUGH, rather than running 'away from':

Updated April 1, 2012!
(Originally written December, 2008)

I focus on the journey, NOT the product of my efforts.

I AM brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous - and I manifest these qualities in every aspect of my life.

I live a life that supports good health, vitality, physical strength and a healthy BMI (22, or lower, to be exact).

I hold on to TODAY because it is a precious jewel and I live, moment by moment, savouring and incorporating the riches, value and learning each day has to offer me.

I celebrate both my 'pretty face' and my body which goes along with it throughout this journey (and I no longer ignore the rudeness inherent in 'pretty face' comments).

I actively look for the reasons to overcome, and find healing in all that is keeps me from living the life I am created to live.

I eat only food that is of the highest quality and rejoice as it nourishes my body, and feeds me such that I am able to achieve my goals... eating is a feast for all of my senses.

I make decisions daily which reflect my aspirations, goals, desires and the life I want to live. I create my own reality, and my reality includes miracles and potentials beyond my wildest dreams.

I exercise my body, believing there are no limits to what I may achieve.

I actively exercise my ability, and responsibility, to choose every aspect of my life.

I acknowledge my limitations as temporary, and treat them with respect in as much as it is necessary, while allowing that there is likely a way around them. I am beautifully and wonderfully made and designed for a divine purpose just as I am.

I hold myself, my relationships, my dreams and desires to a standard defined by excellence, respect, and vitality.

I live my life as though I cannot fail; a life defined by consistency of effort; a life shaped by my passions and inspirations.

I celebrate, at every opportunity, who I am, what I want, what I need, and my capabilities.

I respect physical pain as my teacher, and learn to respond to it directly and without food... with an open heart I ask, "What is my pain trying to tell me?"

I embrace my pain with compassion, and love my pain into healing.

I AM *all* that I am; defining for myself what, when, how and where I will occupy space.

I speak with my own authentic voice, and that voice resonates in my choices, in my actions, and in the fruits of my effort.

I AM truthful with myself, no matter how uncomfortable or painful, knowing that the truth really does set me and those I encounter in this life, free.

I live certain that my value in this world is simply in my BEing, perfections and imperfections included, neither more valuable than the other.

I express, and stand up for, what is important to me.

I embrace my weight on the scale as simply being a number... with no more importance than that of the colour of my eyes... something to consider only with respect to how it may, or may not, be affecting the quality of my life.

I do something daily to express and live out the values, dreams, and desires which are important to me; recognizing that 'when-ever' I am, is 'right'.

I respond to my body, my home, my relationships and my life with an attitude of simplicity and with gratitude for the abundance they already contain - remembering that they are sufficient unto themselves.

I accept the boundless invitations, with which I am surrounded, to be all that I am; and recognize that there is always more that I might be.

I walk on despite conflict, walk toward in faith, walk up to with acceptance and compassion, and walk directly toward with conviction.

I make choices relevant to my goals, dreams and values - recognizing that it's okay to defer making a choice 'until'....

I respond to the circumstances of my life as though each is a gift... something to be accepted, received, unwrapped and experienced for what it offers on my journey.

I take responsibility for myself alone.

I live my life with a vitality that belies my age...and never allow a number to dictate the passions of my heart or limit the reality I choose to live.

The only opinion that matters is the opinion I have of myself, and I refrain from anticipating the opinions of others... I deal with opinions and observations as they are expressed directly to me; fully refusing to substitute anyone else's judgement for my own. Other peoples' opinions of me do not limit me in any way.

I live my life purposefully uncomfortable, and constructively and mindfully engaged.

I make room for my SELF on every list, in every relationship, and in all circumstances.

I AM the hero of my own life and, by my example, that of my daughter's life.

Whether (or not) you join the 'DONE' team, I invite you to consider what all you may be 'DONE' with, and let it be the beginning for defining your goals for the duration of your journey.

So, my battle cry continues to be: "I will be the person God created me to be, not the person I've become for lack of faith in Him who lives in me!"


Malachi 3:3 says:

"This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.

One of the women offered to find out about the process of refining silver, and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.

That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver.

As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says: 'He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.' She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined.

The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, 'How do you know when the silver is fully refined?'

He smiled at her and answered, 'Oh, that's easy -- when I see my image in it.'

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire , remember that God has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you."





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My Goals:

- Lose 100 - 140 lbs (not ready sure what 'normal' for me should look like)... or whatever gets me to 20% BMI... currently I've eliminated 15%!

- Enjoy at least 8 hours of sleep a night (July 1st - DOING IT!)

- Develop an active lifestyle for the purpose of maintaining once at goal (August 1st, 2012 - I finally feel like I'm able to LIVE again!)

- Enjoy the best health I have ever had from here on in

- Spend 20 minutes eating each meal (June 1st, 2008 - DONE!)

- do the opposite of what I 'feel' like doing when it comes to exercise (March '14 - finally DOING IT!)

- start my day at 6:00am rather than 'when I have to'
(JULY 1st - I'm consistently up before 7:00 am!)

- be as generous and loving with myself as I am on behalf of others.

- WRITE: because I owe God an answer!

My Program:

* READ/LEARN: to transform my mind. Where my mind goes, my body will follow!

* Employing INTERMITTENT FASTING as a means to 'spark' my metabolism and following an ANCESTRAL NUTRITIONAL MODEL

* drink 16+ 8-oz glasses of WATER each day (JULY 1st - DOING IT!)

* eat intuitively... eating to be satisfied at meals (not 'full'), no snacking (JUNE 2012 - DONE!)

* eat 40 grams of FIBRE each day, supplementing if necessary (SEPTEMBER 2009 - NO MORE SUPPLEMENTING!)

* use the NUTRITION TRACKER only as a means of occasionally validating my internal awareness

* CARDIO (walk as much as possible, sprint occasionally as the spirit moves me!)

* STRENGTH TRAINING (DDP YOGA with my husband.... then boxing/cross-fit NROFLFW!)

* PARTICIPATION on SPARK People to keep me motivated and moving forward

Personal Information:

I am Ramona! I am 53 years old, married 14 years to my very best friend and biggest supporter, and mom to a most amazing 10 year old daughter. I live in central Canada.

For the beginning of my journey, and for personal details see:


If you really want to know even more about me than is already reflected in my blog, just ask! :)

NOTE: My weight tracker is not a truthful representation of my weight. Instead, I am using it as a tool to help me visualize my goal as though it's already been achieved!
(Tom Venuto)

Other Information:
"I choose to know the truth about myself no matter how beautiful it is."

"Lifestyle is unencumbered by obstacles. This means that the things I keep tripping over are something other than obstructive. They are instructive, and part of the directions on my map. Lifestyle is intentional and specific to me. Lifestyle is experiencing, expressing and enjoying every aspect of my life intensely and ardently to the full." - ME -

"Justification and rationalization are only mental masturbations - in the end, you only screw yourself."

"The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we really grow up."

"Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That's what little girls are made of; the hell with sugar and spice."

"If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough!" - TOM VENUTO

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Member Comments:
8/21/2014 3:34:52 PM

Thank you, my most wonderful friend!

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8/20/2014 6:43:16 PM

Thank you for the Goodie. It made my day. I am enjoying getting to know you. I love hearing about your life, little Miss O, your streaks and all your exciting doings. You are living your journey every day and making progress at your own pace. It helps me in my journey to feel the sense of peace and satisfaction you embody. Be happy in the now and you will be happy in the future.

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8/18/2014 2:17:04 PM


And btw, I hate laundry and ironing too!

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8/9/2014 1:21:15 AM

emoticon Ramona my loving, inspirational, understanding friend. The sunshine is, as almost always, glorious but the poem - that took the goodie over the edge. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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8/8/2014 10:02:17 PM

have a great time at the fair and enjoy the rest of you weekend. thank you for all the support and inspiration!

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